A dental bridge is the traditional treatment option for replacing a single lost tooth or several consecutive lost teeth. Sometimes called a partial denture, a bridge will fit between the existing natural teeth and “bridge the gap” to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
Dechter & Moy Dentistry provides dental bridges in Silver Spring, MD near you for lost teeth. We can also offer the option of a permanent, secure bridge that is anchored by dental implants. Offering the most stable and lasting option, an implant secured bridge offers key benefits for the long-term health of your smile:
- Reduces bone loss in the jaw: Using implants will help to retain natural bone structure by replacing the lost tooth root.
- Secure result: Dental implants will provide the natural chewing ability and enable confident speech.
- Preserves natural teeth: Using dental implants means that existing teeth do not need to be degraded to accommodate the new bridge.
We will discuss the most suitable options for your health and cosmetic needs and go over all aspects of the treatment so that you can make an informed decision about restoring your smile. As a team, we take time with our patients to get to know you, understand your unique needs, and provide the dentistry that will meet your needs and your expectations.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant: What To Consider
If you have a single tooth to replace, it is important to consider the option of restoring your smile with a dental implant. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, using a dental implant is the best way to get back a smile that will look and feel completely natural. There is no need to use neighboring teeth to support an appliance, which will often need to be strengthened with a dental crown.
The implant process will require a larger investment of time and money upfront, but in most cases, the long-term benefits and results will outweigh these factors.
Dental Bridges: What to Expect
The dental bridge process will begin with a consultation to establish your needs, goals, and a personalized treatment plan to address them. Key elements that need to be considered are the health of your smile, including the condition of the bone in the jaw, your cosmetic desires, the location of the missing tooth/teeth, and any medical conditions or medications that may impact your ability to heal.
If we are using dental implants to secure your dental bridge, we will schedule the surgical implantation of the post. This phase will require a healing period of several months so that the post can fuse with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. Once healed, the dental bridge can be placed and permanently secured.
A dental bridge that is to be attached to existing teeth will be placed over the course of 2-3 visits. Your dentist will need to prepare the anchor teeth, often with the placement of a dental crown.
After the post has healed or the anchor teeth are prepared, dental impressions will be taken for making your dental bridge. These will be sent to a lab and fabricated using Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy’s specific instructions for your tooth color, shape, and overall dimension.
The final visit will be the placement of the bridge and adjustments will be made for comfort and bite function.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Can a bridge be removed and put back on?
Bridges may be able to be removed and replaced, but it may cause damage to the teeth surrounding the bridge. Cement is used to place a bridge. This cement is intended to last for years so it can be abrasive when trying to remove it. Loose bonds can be removed and repaired or replaced easily, but non-damaged bonds can be difficult to remove.
How do you clean under a dental bridge?
Flossing around a bridge is the best way to clean it. Using the floss between the gum and the base of the bridge is a good way to remove any plaque buildup between the gum line and the bridge. Maneuvering floss all the way around the bridge and being sure to move the floss in an up and down motion is a great way to clean under your bridge.
Can you bridge front teeth?
Bridges are very common for front teeth. Traditional bridges are the most common bridges used for front teeth. Bridges are typically very successful for front teeth because front teeth undergo much less pressure than other teeth in the back of the mouth.
Can you sleep with a dental bridge?
For patients with bridges, it is recommended that they remove them every night before bed. This gives patients’ gums, teeth, and mouth some off time to rest. It also gives patients time to clean underneath and around the bridge, so that no food or plaque gets trapped underneath.
Can a tooth get infected under a bridge?
Yes, teeth can become infected under a bridge. This is rare and only occurs when patients do not remove their bridge to clean under it. If you practice good oral care with bridges your teeth will not become infected.